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New research questions value of free entitlement for children’s development

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Free early education entitlement does not deliver long-term benefits for children’s development, according to new findings.

Research carried out by the University of Surrey, the University of Essex and the Institute of Education suggests...Read more

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Child benefit should be conditional on free hours take-up, report claims

The receipt of child benefit should be conditional upon all parents eligible for the free entitlement scheme enrolling their children in ‘quality pre-school education’, according to a new report.

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Inquiry launched into life chances strategy

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The Commons Work and Pensions and Education Select Committees have launched an inquiry into the government’s life chances strategy and the role that early years intervention plays in shaping lives.

The inquiry will examine government...Read more

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Government opens consultation on compulsory first aid training

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The consultation, which closes on 10 December at 5:00pm, invites early years providers, parents, healthcare professionals and local authorities to submit their views on the proposal, which would see all newly qualified Level 2 and 3...Read more

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Ofsted finds link between qualifications and outcomes

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Nurseries and pre-schools with a large proportion of highly qualified staff are more likely to be rated as ‘outstanding’,...Read more

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